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  1. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  2. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  3. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  4. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  5. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  6. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  7. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  8. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  9. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  10. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  11. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  12. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  13. 205 CARAT FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS | 11 MAY 2022
  14. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  15. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  16. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  17. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  18. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  19. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  20. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  21. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  22. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  23. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  24. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  25. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  26. Press Release: BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BRUUN RASMUSSEN AUCTIONEERS – DENMARK’S LEADING AUCT
  27. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  28. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  29. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  30. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  31. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  32. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  33. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  34. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  35. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  36. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  37. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  38. De Beers Boosts Production
  39. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  40. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  41. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  42. Gift Guide for CNY
  43. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  44. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  45. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  46. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  47. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  48. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  49. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  50. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  51. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  52. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  53. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  54. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  55. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  56. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  57. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  58. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  59. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  60. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  61. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  62. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  63. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  64. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  65. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  66. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  67. Basel fair cancelled again
  68. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  69. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  70. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  71. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  72. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  73. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research
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  • Chen Qi Liang (left) and Chan Wing Long
  • Chan Wing Long polishing concentratedly in front of the jewellers bench during competition
  • Chen Qi Liang crafted The Antique Seller during the competition
  • Flora Pattern Stone, entry piece of Chan Wing Long
  • Charm pieces by Chen Qi Liang: Lou Lan (below) and Chun Feng Fu Kan
  • Practice pieces before the competition by Chan Wing Long

Interview with Chinese winners of WorldSkills Competition, jewellery section

Chen Qi Liang and Chan Wing Long, two artisans from the Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, obtained a silver medal and Medallions for Excellence respectively in the jewellery category of the 45th WorldSkills Competition that took place in Kazan, Russia in August 2019. The international championship organised by the WorldSkills International (WSI) gathered 1,354 young talents from 63 countries and regions to compete on 56 vocational skills. During the four-day jewellery session lasted 22 hours in total, their all-round skills from technical drawing to soldering and polishing were evaluated. The duo shares with Hong Kong Jewellery the precious moments of the contest and their thoughts on the local jewellery industry.  

 

HKJM: Hong Kong Jewellery 

QL: Chen Qi Liang 

WL: Chan Wing Long

 

HKJM: How did you become a jewellery craftsman?

QL: When I had no idea what to do after finished junior secondary, my father suggested me to join the jewellery industry which is a pillar industry in our hometown. After graduated, I entered Chow Tai Fook (CTF) and was selected to become a member of its Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group. My jewellery making skills have sharpened under the guidance of their master craftsmen.

WL: An instructor of Vocational Training Council (VTC) advised me to enroll for diploma of vocational education in jewellery arts and design after noticing my good result in visual arts at public examination. During the second semester, I signed up for the 45th World Skills Competition which was introduced by a mentor. Thanks to the competition, I discovered a clear goal and passion for jewellery craftsmanship. I chose the path to be a professional goldsmith and I joined Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group later on. 

 

HKJM: How did you prepare for the competition? 

QL: To be selected as a national team player, we needed to go through four preliminary selections held in city, provincial and national levels during which I travelled between training sites in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Beijing for high-intensity training. We were trained more than 10 hours a day, six days a week to pick up rusty techniques and build muscle memory. Training was harsh, not even an one-millimetre minor error was allowed. 

WL: I went to Master Studio for a four-week practice focusing on past papers of World Skills Competition during spare time in the third semester. I also received a special training in Shunde’s Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group for nearly six months.

 

HKJM: What challenges did you encounter during the competition? How did you overcome them?

QL: Apart from putting my craftsmanship to test, the competition was emotionally challenging. Failing to handle the size properly for the first two tasks weighed on me. The crafting process was plain sailing after I managed to put myself together.

WL: The competition had four tasks. Within limited time, we were required to craft a detachable jewellery piece with the size and shape consistent with the drawings provided, except for the centre piece which allowed participants to have their own designs, putting craftsmanship and design techniques to test. At the very beginning, my marks were deducted for the unequal curvature of the cabochon. In the creative session, I adopted a crafting by drawing approach, of which the flexibility allowed me to word beyond the rules while ensuring the conformity among the finished piece and the drawing.

 

HKJM: What personality traits make a jewellery craftsman? Any advice for those who wish to join the industry?

QL: A good jewellery artisan counts 70 percent of skills and 30 percent of creativity. From someone who did not know how to read a drawing to someone who craves to transform a two-dimensional drawing to a three-dimensional jewellery piece, I think diligence and professional ethics are more important than talent to become a jewellery artisan.

WL: Xunzi once said: “Patience wears out stones.” Perseverance, meticulous craftsmanship and aesthetic sense make a good jewellery artisan. Back in the WorldSkills warm-up match in Australia, contestant with well-built physique could mould an 18-karat gold piece effortlessly, while I still found it difficult to mould the piece with a chasing hammer so I think physical strength also plays a vital role as well.

 

HKJM: Do you see any limitations in the development of jewellery industry?

QL: In terms of design, mainland designers pay scant attention to the international jewellery market which limits therefore their creativity. In terms of manpower, shortage of jewellery artisan fails to meet the domestic demand.

WL: Rome wasn't built in a day. Practice makes perfect. However, jewellery making courses in Hong Kong are too packed for students to really master the techniques.

 

HKJM: How do you see the development of the local jewellery manufacturing industry?

QL: In view of jewellery craftsman shortage, Lunjiao Subdistrict Office has set up a 300,000-yuan jewellery artisan fund under the support of Lu Qi Ba Cultural Development Foundation, which is a good start to cultivate talents for the industry in Lunjiao. Besides, Lunjiao vocational training institutes and the Perfect Group will set up a jewellery institute to provide professional training and continuing education. It is hoped that it will become a jewellery craftsman training centre for Shunde or even for the Pearl River Delta and exert influence on the industry.

WL: The jewellery manufacturing process in Hong Kong is specifically divided into setting, engraving, polishing, design, etc. Hopefully, people can be trained all-rounded. There are many talented Hong Kong jewellery designers, but very few goldsmiths. I hope there will be more in the future.  

 

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